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  • Facebook Messenger gets conversational and intelligent with Next IT IVAs

    From web to mobile to social media, there’s not a digital channel where Next IT virtual assistants don’t feel at-home. Watch a demo of Next IT’s latest endpoint in action. Read more >

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    | August 25, 2016
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    Frost & Sullivan on the End of a Long-Standing Customer-Service Dilemma

    For businesses, no customer service options have been without significant downsides. A recent Frost & Sullivan report, though, points to an alternative that businesses can’t afford to ignore. Read more >

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    | June 21, 2016
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    In Defense of Enterprise Complexity…

    A recent TechCrunch op/ed piece was notable for recognizing the benefits that can be realized by narrowing a chatbot’s scope of knowledge to a single enterprise – as opposed to the world at large. But when it went on to say that developing a language model for some types of enterprises is a simple task, our experience told us different. Read more >

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    | June 7, 2016
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    Evaluating the IVA Experience, Part II: Machine-Driven Analysis

    On the flip-side of an intelligent virtual assistant’s greatest asset – the ability to interact with thousands upon thousands of people every day – lies an enormous challenge: ensuring the quality of each and every conversation. The solution? A.I. based analysis tools that make troubleshooting easy – while also providing insights into your customers’ needs. Read more >

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    | May 20, 2016
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    Evaluating the IVA Experience, Part I: Human-Driven Evaluation

    When designing a conversational A.I. experience, striking a balance between your business goals and your customers’ expectations isn’t always an easy task. But with careful analysis, you’ll find that there’s nearly always an opportunity to provide a win-win interaction. Read more >

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    | May 5, 2016
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    Unifying IT Systems in the Post-Stack Era

    When it comes to software to fulfill a specific business need, the range of choices and vendors has never been greater. The resulting patchwork of systems, however, ends up being anything but seamless – and between hours invested in training and learning, too much time and effort is wasted. It’s time to reduce the learning curve with an intelligent interface that unifies diverse systems. Read more >

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    | April 27, 2016
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    Microsoft’s Tay and the Catch-22 of Rigid Boundaries

    Microsoft’s recent test of a “chatbot’s” ability to learn through conversation with the public produced results that were, to put it mildly, unexpected. As it turns out, human oversight may not be effective as a sole safeguard against manipulation: You’ve got to make sure your conversational A.I. has goals. Read more >

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    | April 14, 2016
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    Wait, What?: Why Context Is King for IVAs

    It takes more than just speech recognition and a large knowledgebase to create a high-quality intelligent virtual assistant. A good experience is based on two-way conversation, and that can’t happen without the ability to understand context: the details that any two people talking to each other would take for granted. Read more >

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    | April 5, 2016
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    A Virtual Assistant Doesn’t Just Answer, It Listens

    You can’t afford to make assumptions about your customers – instead, listen and learn. To effectively serve your customers, an intelligent virtual assistant needs to listen and learn, too. Read more >

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    | March 23, 2016
  • Do Not Pass Go: Deploying IVAs in the Calculated Enterprise

    The age of A.I. based, conversational customer service is here – and your customers are interacting with a greater number of enterprise-grade intelligent assistants every day. But before shopping for your own vendor, it pays to have clearly defined performance goals. Read more >

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    | March 17, 2016
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    What the Government Gets Right in Customer Service

    Government agencies are constantly searching for innovative ways to improve the customer journey. And with a new Intelligent Virtual Assistant from Next IT, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is blazing the trail of conversational technology in the public sector. Read more >

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    | March 7, 2016
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    Scaling Your Workforce in the Information Age

    Siri and Cortana may be helping consumers find the best Thai restaurant more effectively, but will businesses trust the same kind of technology to help them make better decisions? Read more >

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    | February 3, 2016
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    “Ask Julie” Named Best Consumer Application of AI

    Each year, Awards.AI celebrates the advances in AI technology, recognizing innovative companies that are pushing the field forward. This year, “Ask Julie,” which has been hard at work on Amtrak.com since 2012, took honors for Best Consumer Application of AI. Read more >

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    | January 25, 2016
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    16 Quotes that Defined AI and Intelligent Virtual Assistants in 2015

    2015 was a big year for artificial intelligence and intelligent virtual assistants, with news being made left and right about big investments, innovative breakthroughs and further IVA development. Naturally, people got talking – see which quotes from the past year made our list of favorites. Read more >

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    | January 6, 2016
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    Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Next IT with GIL 88 Award for Leadership and Innovation in Latin America

    Next IT recently received its second Frost & Sullivan Award in Latin America—showing market leadership in the intelligent assistant industry by driving change through innovation for enterprise clients in the region. Read more >

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    | December 15, 2015
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    Customers are Loving Intelligent Engagement Technology (And You Should Too!)

    When Amtrak implemented "Ask Julie" on its website, the railroad service empowered its 375k daily web visitors to self-serve in a more intelligent and productive fashion. Read more to see why every company should have an intelligent assistant to engage its customers on the web. Read more >

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    | December 10, 2015
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    Opus Research honors Amtrak’s “Ask Julie”

    Drawing 14 entries from all over the world, Opus Research’s annual Intelligent Assistant Awards is an event dedicated to raising the visibility of AI-based, natural-language understanding customer-service and self-service solutions. Next IT is proud to report that Amtrak’s “Ask Julie” came home from NYC a winner. Read more >

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    | November 12, 2015
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    Vote Next IT for SXSW 2016

    Featuring a deep dive into the state of AI and a discussion on the technology’s exciting healthcare applications, Next IT’s two SXSW 2015 presentations captured the audience’s imagination and were the catalyst for many valuable conversations. For SXSW 2016, Next IT has three panels vying for stage time, and we need your vote. Read on for a description of this year’s submissions, and hurry – voting ends on Friday, September 4th. Read more >

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    | September 1, 2015
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    AI Strategy: Why Every Enterprise Needs One

    Domain-specific AI is being put to work for more and more of today's leading organizations. Whether it's for improving UX on a website, helping a CSR navigate internal systems or scaling human-resource related engagement, AI for enterprise is proving value and gaining momentum. Read more >

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    | August 4, 2015
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    5 Reasons To Put A.I. To Work for Your Organization

    Whether it’s for the benefit of your customers or your employees, if your company wants to simplify online self-service, you’ve probably explored a lot of options, including domain-specific virtual assistants. Here are five ways to tell if this A.I. based technology is the right choice for your company. Read more >

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    | May 28, 2015